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The USA is home to several of the world's most exciting cities, some truly mind-blowing landscapes, a strong sense of regionalism, a trenchant mythology, more history than the country gives itself credit for and, arguably, some of the most approachable natives in the world. The US was fashioned from an incredibly disparate population who, with little in common apart from a desire to choose their own paths to wealth or heaven, rallied around the ennobling ideals of the Declaration of Independence to forge the richest, most inventive and most powerful country on earth.

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It's A Plan, Man

Mon, 15 Aug 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [13]

GOD WILLING AND THE CREEK don’t rise, Connie and I are booked through the end of January. We will stay in Colorado until mid-October then fly from Denver to Curitiba, Brazil for a 3-week birding trip. After a few days recuperating in Rio de Janeiro ... Read more >

Right Back Where We Started From

Thu, 7 Jul 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [55]

HERE WE ARE, BACK IN COLORADO, We arrived jet-lagged, dehydrated and not accustomed to the altitude, then found out we both had Covid. Don’t know whether we picked it up on the flight home from Iceland—we were masked all the way for 10-hours—... Read more >

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Sat, 2 Jul 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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If At First You Don't Succeed . . .

Sat, 9 Apr 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [55]

SOME WOULD CALL IT INSANITY, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. But sometimes perseverance pays off. You may question the sanity of us birders—even we ourselves admit to a certain amount of quirkiness. After all, ... Read more >

Sabine Woods

Fri, 8 Apr 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [59]

SABINE WOODS IS AN IMPORTANT REST STOP on the Texas/Louisiana border for birds migrating to and from Central America, 27 acres of live oaks gnalred by hurricanes. Sabine is privately owned and managed by the Texas Ornithological Society but the trails ... Read more >

Brownsville: Birders and Borders

Sat, 2 Apr 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [73]

THE MORRIS-BROWN HOUSE IN BROWNSVILLE was built in 1909 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Morris-Brown Cottage—where we stayed—is not. Our host Steve, who owns both plus another six apartments in a separate building ... Read more >

Lost in Space

Thu, 24 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [66]

GREG AND LAURA THOUGHT WE MIGHT like to see The Infinite , a virtual reality experience that puts you on the International Space Station. Well, they both worked with NASA on the space program in Houston before they retired so it didn’... Read more >

The Kindness of Strangers

Wed, 23 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [68]

THE ONLY THINGS THAT HONOLULU AND HOUSTON have in common are “h” and “o”—they don't even wear masks in Texas! Yet here we are after ten hours of flying through five time zones with a six-hour layover spent trying to sleep ... Read more >

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Tue, 22 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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More Than Waikiki Beach

Sun, 20 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [61]

PITTY THE FOLKS WHO VISIT WAIKIKI and say they have “done” Hawaii. Even discounting Maui and Kauai—IMHO the two most scenic islands— there is so much more to see just on Oahu. We have been heading out each morning to the ... Read more >

Pearl Harbor Revisited

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [51]

SINCE OUR FLIGHT TO HOUSTON WOULD pass through Honolulu anyway, we decided to spend a few days on Oahu along the way. We have plenty of time and there are a few birds we missed on our last trip. It took nearly as long to check-in and clear TSA as it ... Read more >

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Tue, 15 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Las Vegas

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 | By kirmily | Photo Gallery

Las Vegas
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The 2022 adventure begins

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 | By kirmily | Views [42]

Emily and I are back on the road.  Coronaviris cut our travel down the past couple years.   We did visit Belize, Bonaire and went to Denver and Michigan a few times, but we were itching to get back at it.   So....March 2022 we ... Read more >

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Hawaiian History, One National Park Site at a Time

Thu, 10 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [60]

NO MATTER HOW YOU SLICE IT, HAWAIIAN “HISTORY” is so recent it‘s more like current events. Before missionaries developed written Hawaiian it was an oral story of aliʻi nui and kahunas , kings and nobles, of whalers and missionaries, ... Read more >

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